Andre's BadKarma is a solo project. I’m not sure who exactly he is so we will just call him Andre. On his release Destroy Me he features four songs which in a lot of ways blend aspects of emo and post-rock. Some of his aesthetic choices were thought provoking. More on that later.
The EP starts with “Lights out” which initially blends a female speaking with a light, atmospheric guitar. The vocal desperately needed a DeEsser because all I could hear was sibilance. I was reminded of early Mogwai with some of the guitar work. There is one vocal style which sounds great which has barely any effects. The vocals on the verse have some kind of effect like auto-tune which unfortunately makes it very hard to understand the lyrics. It is a solid song and with some minor tweaks could be really good. I would lose the female vocal part if he can’t get rid of the sibilance.
“Drastic memories” is a another solid song which with some minor tweaking could fulfill its potential. The guitar and drum work is notable. The contrasting vocal style works pretty well but I thought the autotune type effect was again too strong in the song. “My Universe” really has some great music. The first twenty seconds had me hooked. There are some minor distortion like effects which sound good on the verse. The vocal harmonies were also impressive.
He closes with “Get Out” and I could make out some of the lyrics this time around. The song gets pretty experimental and atmospheric as it progresses. He goes into interesting territory which I wish he explored a little bit more on the album. Destroy Me has its flaws but he is starting to carve out a little niche sound for himself which is impressive. I wouldn’t abuse the auto-effect and maybe go a little less hard on the reverb as well.
This is a solid start and the four songs do build a loose foundation for him. I’m looking forward to seeing how he develops.
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